I drew this bOING bOING T-shirt design in 1991, when I was living in Boulder, Colorado. I gave one of the shirts to Evan Ravitz, a wonderfully talented tightrope walker, juggler, activist, and founder of the Voting By Phone Foundation in 1989 (if his idea would have been adopted and people could vote over the internet via their phone or gaming console, Hillary would have won).
Anyway, Evan has managed to hang onto his T-shirt for 25 years, and it looks better than new! He posted this photo of it to Facebook.
Clearly ESPN's Bomani Jones has great taste in t-shirts. I'm a little surprised the network had him cover the shirt, it is awesome.
The hypocrisy the shirt points out, is not awesome.
After saying that he chose to wear the shirt because “it was clean,” Jones discussed the idea behind it: It would be weird to have the Caucasians as a sports mascot, so why is a baseball team still called the Indians?Read the rest
A partial transcript:
Jones: The reason they won’t get rid of Chief Wahoo, which is completely indefensible, is they could still sell stuff with it. They can say they’re gonna de-emphasize it, but they’re not just gonna set money on fire. I thought [the shirt] was the exact same thing, and I could see the value in the design, so I was like, hey, we might as well give this a run.
Qerim: I think more thought went into it. I think you were trying to make some kind of statement.
Jones: The statement is obvious. This [shirt] is the same thing. What we have here, this is the same thing that goes on with the logo for the Cleveland Indians, right? So, to have a problem with the logo of this, would be to have a problem with the Indians, but if you’re quiet about the Indians, and you got something to say about my shirt, I think it’s time for introspection. I think that’s a fair thing to ask.
Brooklyn-based artist/designer Scott Albrecht has launched a new series of limited t-shirts designed in collaboration with a variety of other rad artists. Each shirt in the project, called Artifact, is only available for a week and a half. Above is the first offering, by the esteemed Nathaniel Russell.
"I was thinking about secret clubs and not-so-secret societies like the Masons, the Odd Fellows, Schriners, The Optimist Clubs, Book Clubs, Quilting Bees, etc. and was thinking of a new imaginary but as-real-as-we-want-it-to-be club, whose membership you could join just by wearing a shirt or button or waiving a flag or by writing "PEACE FRUITS INTERNATIONAL" under your name when writing checks or signing the electronic credit card machines," Russell says. "I want there to be a union of people that i know and am inspired by. A fellowship for peace and art and music and jokes and for keeping the spirit of weirdness and curiosity alive. This is the shirt for that."
Robert Downey wore it well as Tony Stark in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and you will, too. Read the rest
Epson's SureColor F2000 can print a t-shirt in just a few seconds. At Comic-Con in New York, they had one on display: I emailed a picture, rested my iPhone on its transparent lid, and recorded this real-time video of it running one off in less than a minute. Like a goddamn office memo! It does full color tees, too. Specs:
• 5-color Direct-to-Garment Printer • All new Ultrachrome® DG inks • Revolutionary EPSON PrecisionCore® TFP® Print Head for extreme print quality and production speeds • Maximum resolution of 1440 x 1440 dpi for white ink and 1440 x 720 for color inks • Large garment imaging area up to 16" x 20" • Designed for simple maintenance and high reliability • Garment Creator imaging software included
It was on special at the show, but you'll have to pay the full $20,000 price now, suckers. Another caveat: you have to prep the tees chemically, and with a heat press, before using it. Here's some more video from a different show: Read the rest
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The creators of ElfQuest liked my artwork for our interview with them so much, they put it on a T-shirt! You should buy this t-shirt now: secrets from the lost decade will be conferred upon anyone I meet wearing one of them. It's available in coffee, cream and olive (pictured), from S to XXXL. Close-ups of the design (in the form of desktop and tablet wallpapers) are after the jump. Read the rest
The fabulous Singularity & Co bookstore (where they find out-of-print sf classics, clear the rights to them, and bring them back as CC-licensed books) is finally selling its beautiful "Boom Tee" online, designed by Wesley Allsbrook. I saw this at NY Comic Con and wanted desperately to blog it then -- glad to see it online at last!
(Video link) In non-entertainment news, I am a huge nerd for a cool t-shirt. Sometimes I buy them (usually from Busted Tees or Headline Shirts), and sometimes they find me. The latter shirts are generally men's sizes -- too big and shaped like a rectangle, but so groovy that I don't have the heart to throw it away. Fortunately, there are people out there who know how to fix such things! One of those people is Megan Nicolay, author of Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt (Workman Publishing) and its sequel, as well as the companion blog. Megan and I hung out in the Workman Publishing office recently to put together a instructional video on how to alter a gigantic potato sack of a shirt into something acceptable to wear in public. After the jump, a quick walk-through of another design.
T-shirts ahoy! Read the rest